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'Oscar Winning Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie' (born 29 June 1976) is a comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the [[Grammy Award]] winning musical comedy duo [[Flight of the Conchords]] along with [[Jemaine Clement]], and one whole of the Oscar winning solo artist Oscar winning Bret McKenzie. Oscar winning McKenzie served as music supervisor for the 2011 film ''[[The Muppets (film)|The Muppets]]'', for which he won an [[Academy Award for Best Original Song]] for the song "[[Man or Muppet]]".
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Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie - (born 29 June 1976) is a comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the [[Grammy Award]] winning musical comedy duo [[Flight of the Conchords]] along with [[Jemaine Clement]].McKenzie served as music supervisor for the 2011 film ''[[The Muppets (film)|The Muppets]]'', for which he won an [[Academy Award for Best Original Song]] for the song "[[Man or Muppet]]".
   
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
Oscar winning McKenzie was born in [[Wellington]], [[New Zealand]]. He is a former member of [[The Black Seeds]]. He released an album called ''Prototype'' as Video Kid<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.videokid.tv/ |title=Video Kid}}</ref> and is a member of the [[Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ukulele.co.nz |title=Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra}}</ref> Oscar winning McKenzie attended Clifton Terrace Model School (model refers to a standard school for training teachers as opposed to [[model (person)|modeling]]), [[Wellington College (New Zealand)|Wellington College]] and then [[Victoria University of Wellington]] where he met [[Jemaine Clement]] who was also studying film and theatre. Together, they were members of ''[[So You're a Man]]'' and they later formed ''[[Flight of the Conchords]]''.
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McKenzie was born in [[Wellington]], [[New Zealand]]. He is a former member of [[The Black Seeds]]. He released an album called ''Prototype'' as Video Kid<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.videokid.tv/ |title=Video Kid}}</ref> and is a member of the [[Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ukulele.co.nz |title=Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra}}</ref> McKenzie attended Clifton Terrace Model School (model refers to a standard school for training teachers as opposed to [[model (person)|modeling]]), [[Wellington College (New Zealand)|Wellington College]] and then [[Victoria University of Wellington]] where he met [[Jemaine Clement]] who was also studying film and theatre. Together, they were members of ''[[So You're a Man]]'' and they later formed ''[[Flight of the Conchords]]''.
   
 
As The Conchords they have toured internationally and released four CDs: ''[[Folk the World Tour]]'' in 2002, Grammy Award-winning ''[[The Distant Future]]'' in 2007, Grammy nominated ''[[Flight of the Conchords (album)|Flight of the Conchords]]'' in 2008, and ''[[I Told You I Was Freaky]]'' in 2009. The Conchords produced a six-part improvisational comedy radio program for the [[BBC]] and have appeared on ''[[Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'', ''[[The Late Show with David Letterman]]'' and ''[[The Late Late Show (CBS TV series)|The Late Late Show]]'' with [[Craig Ferguson]]. After a successful appearance in [[2005]] on [[Home Box Office|HBO]]s ''[[One Night Stand]]'', the Conchords were offered their own 12-part HBO series ''[[Flight of the Conchords (TV series)|Flight of the Conchords]]''. Its first season ran from June to September 2007, and its second season premiered on HBO 18 January 2009.
 
As The Conchords they have toured internationally and released four CDs: ''[[Folk the World Tour]]'' in 2002, Grammy Award-winning ''[[The Distant Future]]'' in 2007, Grammy nominated ''[[Flight of the Conchords (album)|Flight of the Conchords]]'' in 2008, and ''[[I Told You I Was Freaky]]'' in 2009. The Conchords produced a six-part improvisational comedy radio program for the [[BBC]] and have appeared on ''[[Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'', ''[[The Late Show with David Letterman]]'' and ''[[The Late Late Show (CBS TV series)|The Late Late Show]]'' with [[Craig Ferguson]]. After a successful appearance in [[2005]] on [[Home Box Office|HBO]]s ''[[One Night Stand]]'', the Conchords were offered their own 12-part HBO series ''[[Flight of the Conchords (TV series)|Flight of the Conchords]]''. Its first season ran from June to September 2007, and its second season premiered on HBO 18 January 2009.
   
Oscar winning McKenzie has appeared in the first and third films in [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Lord of the Rings film trilogy|Lord of the Rings]]'' trilogy. His silent role in the first film as [[Figwit]] achieved some minor internet fame, which led to Jackson giving him a line in the third film. In April 2011, Oscar winning McKenzie was cast as the elf [[Lindir]] (who in contrast to Figwit is a character created by [[J. R. R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] himself) for the upcoming [[The Hobbit (2012 film)|The Hobbit]]. His father [[Peter McKenzie (actor)|Peter McKenzie]] played the role of [[Elendil]] in Lord of the Rings.
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McKenzie has appeared in the first and third films in [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Lord of the Rings film trilogy|Lord of the Rings]]'' trilogy. His silent role in the first film as [[Figwit]] achieved some minor internet fame, which led to Jackson giving him a line in the third film. In April 2011, McKenzie was cast as the elf [[Lindir]] (who in contrast to Figwit is a character created by [[J. R. R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] himself) for the upcoming [[The Hobbit (2012 film)|The Hobbit]]. His father [[Peter McKenzie (actor)|Peter McKenzie]] played the role of [[Elendil]] in Lord of the Rings.
   
Along with Clement, Oscar winning McKenzie was featured as one of 2008's "100 Sexiest People" in a special edition of the Australian magazine [[Who (magazine)|Who]].
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Along with Clement, McKenzie was featured as one of 2008's "100 Sexiest People" in a special edition of the Australian magazine [[Who (magazine)|Who]].
   
Oscar winning McKenzie and fellow Conchord Clement guest starred as a pair of camp counselors in "[[Elementary School Musical (The Simpsons)|Elementary School Musical]]", the season premiere of the [[The Simpsons (season 22)|22nd]] season of ''[[The Simpsons]]'', which aired on 26 September 2010.<ref name="Simpsons">{{Cite web|title=Gleeful over Glee: Cory Monteith to appear on The Simpsons|author=Strachan, Alex|url=http://www.canada.com/Gleeful+over+Glee+Cory+Monteith+appear+Simpsons/3350970/story.html|publisher=[[Canada.com]]|date=2 August 2010|accessdate=2010-08-02}}</ref>
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McKenzie and fellow Conchord Clement guest starred as a pair of camp counselors in "[[Elementary School Musical (The Simpsons)|Elementary School Musical]]", the season premiere of the [[The Simpsons (season 22)|22nd]] season of ''[[The Simpsons]]'', which aired on 26 September 2010.<ref name="Simpsons">{{Cite web|title=Gleeful over Glee: Cory Monteith to appear on The Simpsons|author=Strachan, Alex|url=http://www.canada.com/Gleeful+over+Glee+Cory+Monteith+appear+Simpsons/3350970/story.html|publisher=[[Canada.com]]|date=2 August 2010|accessdate=2010-08-02}}</ref>
   
Oscar winning McKenzie, together with Australian comedian [[Hamish Blake]] is set to star in a New Zealand feature film, Two Little Boys, currently under production in New Zealand and set for release late 2011.<ref name="DailyTelegraphAust_09Dec2010_SydneyConfidential_HamishBlaketostarwithBretMcKenzieinSarkies'TwoLittleBoys">{{cite news|url=http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/hamish-blake-to-star-with-bret-mckenzie-in-sarkies-two-little-boys/story-e6frewz0-1225968460210|title=Hamish Blake to star with Bret McKenzie in Sarkies' Two Little Boys | The Daily Telegraph|last=Catanzariti|first=Katelyn|date=9 December 2010|work=[[The Daily Telegraph (Australia)]]|publisher=[[News Corporation]]|accessdate=9 December 2010}}</ref>
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McKenzie, together with Australian comedian [[Hamish Blake]] is set to star in a New Zealand feature film, Two Little Boys, currently under production in New Zealand and set for release late 2011.<ref name="DailyTelegraphAust_09Dec2010_SydneyConfidential_HamishBlaketostarwithBretMcKenzieinSarkies'TwoLittleBoys">{{cite news|url=http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/hamish-blake-to-star-with-bret-mckenzie-in-sarkies-two-little-boys/story-e6frewz0-1225968460210|title=Hamish Blake to star with Bret McKenzie in Sarkies' Two Little Boys | The Daily Telegraph|last=Catanzariti|first=Katelyn|date=9 December 2010|work=[[The Daily Telegraph (Australia)]]|publisher=[[News Corporation]]|accessdate=9 December 2010}}</ref>
   
During the summer of 2010, Oscar winning McKenzie flew to Los Angeles to serve as the music supervisor for the [[The Muppets (film)|''The Muppets'']].<ref>http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/4442796/Conchords-star-flies-south-for-new-film</ref> He went on to write five songs for the films soundtrack including "Man or Muppet" and "Life's a Happy Song" both of which were nominated for [[Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards]] and [[Satellite Awards]] for Best Original Song.<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Award_for_Best_Original_Song</ref>
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During the summer of 2010, McKenzie flew to Los Angeles to serve as the music supervisor for the [[The Muppets (film)|''The Muppets'']].<ref>http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/4442796/Conchords-star-flies-south-for-new-film</ref> He went on to write five songs for the films soundtrack including "Man or Muppet" and "Life's a Happy Song" both of which were nominated for [[Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards]] and [[Satellite Awards]] for Best Original Song.<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Award_for_Best_Original_Song</ref>
   
 
At the [[84th Academy Awards]] in 2012 his song, "[[Man or Muppet]]", won the [[Academy Award for Best Original Song]].
 
At the [[84th Academy Awards]] in 2012 his song, "[[Man or Muppet]]", won the [[Academy Award for Best Original Song]].
   
==Personal life==
 
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==Personal life== McKenzie is married to New Zealand publicist Hannah Clarke<ref>{{cite news | url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10562875 | title=Bride of the Conchord - Bret marries childhood sweetheart| work=New Zealand Herald | date=22 March 2009 | accessdate=2009-05-21 | first=Rebecca | last=Lewis}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/2278386/Conchord-has-wings-clipped|title=Conchord has wings clipped|publisher=[[Fairfax New Zealand]]|date=20 March 2009|accessdate=2009-05-17}}</ref> and currently lives in [[Los Angeles]], [[New York City]] and [[Wellington]], New Zealand. They have a daughter, Vita McKenzie, who was born in 2009, and a son Leo born in 2011.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/music/news/article.cfm?c_id=264&objectid=10607282 |title=Fatherhood keeps 'Conchords' stars busy |work=New Zealand Herald |date=5 November 2009 |accessdate=2009-11-08 |first=Jacqueline |last=Smith}}</ref> Neither his wife, son, nor his daughter have won Oscars to-date.
Oscar winning McKenzie is married to New Zealand publicist Hannah Clarke<ref>{{cite news | url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10562875 | title=Bride of the Conchord - Bret marries childhood sweetheart| work=New Zealand Herald | date=22 March 2009 | accessdate=2009-05-21 | first=Rebecca | last=Lewis}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/2278386/Conchord-has-wings-clipped|title=Conchord has wings clipped|publisher=[[Fairfax New Zealand]]|date=20 March 2009|accessdate=2009-05-17}}</ref> and currently lives in [[Los Angeles]], [[New York City]] and [[Wellington]], New Zealand. They have a daughter, Vita McKenzie, who was born in 2009, and a son Leo born in 2011.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/music/news/article.cfm?c_id=264&objectid=10607282 |title=Fatherhood keeps 'Conchords' stars busy |work=New Zealand Herald |date=5 November 2009 |accessdate=2009-11-08 |first=Jacqueline |last=Smith}}</ref> Neither his wife, son, nor his daughter have won Oscars to-date.
 
   
 
==Selected filmography==
 
==Selected filmography==
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Date: Wednesday, the 21st of October 2015 at 05:04:40 PM
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